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Film Info
  • Year: 2017
  • Film Format: DCP, Blu-ray and DVD
  • Origin: Switzerland
  • Runtime: 96 mins
  • Color
  • Language: Swiss-German
  • Subtitles: English


Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Film at the Tribeca Film Festival, The Divine Order is set in Switzerland in 1971 where, despite the worldwide social upheavals of the previous decade, women were still denied the right to vote. When unassuming and dutiful housewife Nora (Marie Leuenberger, winner of a Best Actress award at Tribeca) is forbidden by her husband to take a part-time job, her frustration leads to her becoming the poster child of her town’s suffragette movement. Her newfound celebrity brings humiliation, threats, and the potential end to her marriage, but, refusing to back down, she convinces the women in her village to go on strike...and makes a few startling discoveries about her own liberation. Uplifting and crowd-pleasing, this charming, captivating film is a time-capsule that could not be more timely.

THE DIVINE ORDER will open in theaters on October 27, 2017.

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The Divine Order is a Zeitgeist Films release in association with Kino Lorber. To book this film please contact Nancy Gerstman or Emily Russo or call 212-274-1989.

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Petra Volpe

Screenwriter and director Petra Volpe studied at the Film Academy Konrad Wolf in Potsdam Babelsberg. During her studies she wrote and directed several short films. Since completing her diploma in 2003 she has worked as an independent writer and director. Petra Volpe lives in Berlin and New York. Petra Volpe's debut film Dreamland was released in Swiss cinemas in the spring of 2014 after a successful festival tour and was nominated for four Swiss Film Awards.



Nora                               Marie Leuenberger

Hans                               Max Simonischek

Theresa                          Rachel Braunschweig

Vroni                              Sibylle Brunner

Graziella                         Marta Zoffoli

Magda                            Bettina Stucky

Gottfried                         Peter Freiburghaus

Mrs. Dr. Wipf                  Therese Affolter

Hanna                             Ella Rumpf

Werner                           Nicholas Ofczarek

Indra                               Sofia Helin




Writer & Director            Petra Volpe

Producers                      Reto Schaerli

                                       Lukas Hobi

Cinematographer            Judith Kaufmann

Editor                              Hansjörg Weissbrich

Music                              Annette Focks

Production Designer       Su Erdt

Costume                         Linda Harper

Make-up                         Jean Cotter

Sound                             Patrick Storck

Head of Production        Claude Witz

Production Manager       Sarah Bossard

Casting                           Ruth Hirschfeld

                                       Corinna Glaus


A Zodiac Films Production

“Inspired and inspiring... A model for the kind of political struggle that’s now needed more than ever.” – Amy Taubin, Film Comment
“An unexpected delight.” – Ren Jender, The Village Voice
“A mainstream crowd-pleaser adept at inspiring and amusing in equal measure.” – Nick Schager, Variety




Venue City State Date
Alamo Winchester Winchester VA September 30, 2017
Hamptons International Film Festival East Hampton October 5th, 2017
San Diego Film Festival San Diego CA October 10th, 2017
Mill Valley Film Festival San Rafael CA October 7-8, 2017
Hamptons International Film Festival Southampton NY October 8th, 2017
Portland German Film Festival
Closing Night Film
Portland OR October 10, 2017
American Cinematheque Los Angeles CA October 15th, 2017
South Bay Film Society Redondo Beach CA October 18th, 2017
Chicago International Film Festival Chicago IL October 19, 2017
Philadelphia Film Festival Philadelphia PA October 19th 2017
Vermont International Film Festival Burlington VT October 20-29, 2017
Riviera Theatre Santa Barbara CA October 27 - November 2, 2017
Film Forum New York NY Starts October 27, 2017
Teaneck International Film Festival Teaneck NJ November 2nd & 4th, 2017
Embassy of Switzerland Washington, D.C. DC November 2-5, 2017
St. Louis Intl Film Festival St. Louis MO November 2-12, 2017
Cinema 320 Worcester MA November 7-11, 2017
Goethe Institut San Francisco CA November 11, 2017
Fresno Film Festival Fresno CA November 11 & 12, 2017
Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival Rehoboth Beach DE November 12, 2017
Key West Film Festival Key West FL November 15-19, 2017
Laemmle Royal Theatre Los Angeles CA November 17-23, 2017
Landmark Lagoon Cinema Minneapolis MN November 17-23, 2017
Landmark Shattuck Cinemas Berkeley CA November 24-30, 2017
Landmark Opera Plaza Theatre San Francisco CA November 24-30, 2017
Landmark E Street Washington DC December 1-7, 2017
Landmark Kendall Square Boston MA December 1-7, 2017
Landmark Ken Cinema San Diego CA December 12-21, 2017
Palm Springs International Film Festival Palm Springs CA January 8-10, 2018